Revamp Your Approach to Behavioral Health Care

Three Imperatives to Sustainably Advance Care Quality

Behavioral health has not been a service line typically prioritized by most hospitals and health systems. In fact, many providers have closed or significantly limited inpatient behavioral health capacity in light of a challenging reimbursement picture.

While providers have shifted decisively to outpatient care settings, the need for behavioral health services continues to outstrip supply. Research shows that nearly a quarter of adults have a diagnosable behavioral health condition, and two-thirds of Medicaid patients with a top five physical illness (asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, diabetes, hypertension) also have at least one behavioral health co-morbidity.

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